ProShares To Reverse-Split VIX ETF UVXY

  Courtesy of IndexUniverse, reporting from Oliver Ludwig: ProShares, the fund company known for its large family of inverse and leveraged ETFs, set a 1-for-6 reverse split on its now-super-popular VIX-related ETF “UVXY” to ensure that bid/ask spreads on the security don’t grow too large as a percentage of its declining share price. The fund, […] Read More

28 February, 2012

VIX Higher, SPX Higher; 30 Yr T touching 3…

Everything went higher today (despite the data during the last minutes into the close); stocks, bonds and fear; a somewhat unique combination of ups. When noticing today’s relatively rare direct correlation between equity market volatility (aka VIX), equity indices and “safe haven” US government bonds, option market veteran David Robbins of WallachBeth Capital says,  “The […] Read More

27 February, 2012

BuyWriting Back in Vogue: Mutual Funds Warm To “CYA”

We all know that equity markets have been climbing the wall of worry for the past number of months. With both the Dow and S&P recovering to the sanguine levels not seen since the spring of 2008, covered call (buy-write) strategies within the mutual fund complex has until recently remained  a relatively untapped strategy, despite […] Read More

27 February, 2012

End of Week ETF Standouts – Closing Bell Friday…

The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (XES) outperformed other ETFs this week, up about 4.4%. Components of that ETF showing particular strength this week include shares of Exterran Holdings (EXH), up about 19% and shares of Nabors Industries Limited (NBR), up about 10.8% on the week. And underperforming other ETFs this […] Read More

24 February, 2012

Expert ETF Trader: Liquidity Is There; Just Look Beyond…

Other than the ETF market “go-go names”, one of the more commonly-voiced, and according to many, often-misguided observations regarding most ETFs is  “won’t trade it, there’s no liquidity in that name,”  or “the screens are only showing 1000 shares offered and I have to pay up 50 cents to buy a lousy 25,000 shares?!” As […] Read More

24 February, 2012

Tip-Toeing Into Social Media: Watch Wedbush

Whether you’re sitting inside a buy-side or a sell-side firm,  someone in your shop is talking about using social media. But, you’re compliance officer is saying  “Let’s let another shop experiment..we don’t need to be the SEC test case.” Well, Wedbush Securities isn’t standing on ceremony. Just a few years shy of their 60th birthday, […] Read More

24 February, 2012

2 More Studies Say: ETFs NOT to Blame for…

Here’s a wake-up call to critics of the ETF world: two more unrelated and just-published research studies have acquitted the ETF industry of charges leveled by critics who have claimed ETFs are at the root of heightened market volatility. In a newly-released report from the Investment Company Institute, which interrogated market volatility over the past […] Read More

23 February, 2012

High Yield Bond ETFs: InFlows “Off the Wall”

In a column filed through SFGate, Bloomberg LP’s Joe Ciolli reports, “Junk Bond ETFs are drawing the biggest inflows on record from investors seeking easier access to higher-yielding assets. According to Lipper Analytics, ETFs that track junk-bond indexes have tapped $5.5 billion of investments since the beginning of this year, almost quadruple the $1.4billion during […] Read More

23 February, 2012

ETF Market’s “Dame Deborah” Fuhr Launches Independent Research Firm

Debbie Fuhr, the undisputed “Dame” of the exchange-traded-funds industry, and most recently BlackRock’s Managing Director and global head of ETF research and implementation will open the doors of a new independent research firm, “ETF Global Insight” next Monday. Prior to Debbie’s 3-year stint at BlackRock/BGI, she was billeted for 11 years at Morgan Stanley’s London […] Read More

23 February, 2012

PIMCO Primes The Pump for Launch of ETF

Its countdown time for all of those following PIMCO’s entry into the ETF space; on March 1,  the House that Bill Gross Built is scheduled to debut The PIMCO Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund under the ticker TRXT. Those that click on the link to the fund will be able to review the entire prospectus. According […] Read More

22 February, 2012

Amsterdam Hosting 3rd Annual InsideETFs Europe

Where’s a better place than Amsterdam for an International ETF conference in the month of May? Our global concierge says,  “No place compares to Amsterdam, for a variety of reasons!” Which is exactly why IndexUniverse, the largest ETF conference producer, is once again hosting its “Annual InsideETFsEurope” for the third year in one of the […] Read More

22 February, 2012

UK Wrap Platforms Wrapping Arms Around ETFs

As reported by FT.com, retail investors in the UK are rapidly wrapping their arms around ETF products, and platform providers are ramping up their offerings to facilitate the burgeoning growth in what is already a ubiquitous product in the US.   According to the FT.com story, David Bower, head of iShares UK, said the ETF […] Read More

22 February, 2012

HFTs Hampering Trade in ETFs? SEC Wants to Know.

As reported by Reuters, U.S. securities regulators have widened their inquiry into the trillion-dollar market for exchange-traded funds, according to a person familiar with the matter. Prompted by a delay in a big trade at a popular ETF, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is taking a closer look at a possible connection between high-frequency […] Read More

21 February, 2012

ETF Fund Flow: Trumping Mutual Funds

According to technology and trading firm ConvergEx Group, during the first 6 weeks of 2012, more than $8 billion has flowed in to U.S. Equity ETFs, while nearly $8 billion has “flown out” of U.S. equity mutual funds. “Some of the commentary surrounding these products has made them sound like the hoof beats which precede […] Read More

21 February, 2012

Bullion Bulls Back Buying SPDR Gold (GLD)?

Despite cutting his GLD holdings at the end of 2011, Billionaire John Paulson is, according to a letter to investors obtained by Bloomberg LP, bullish on bullion, and adding to his 17 million+ share position in the yellow metal ETF. Similar stellar hedge fund managers, who have been trading the trend and more recently cashed […] Read More

21 February, 2012

“Navesis-ETF” Launches Today: 1st Euro-based Alternative Trading System for…

A joint partnership between Normua Holdings and inter-dealer broker Tradition PLC formalized the launch of the ETF industry’s first electronic exchange platform.  Based in London and designed for the European theatre, where ETF transparency is often problematic, “Navesis-ETF” is  intended to provide “qualified customers” the ability to trade ETFs in real-time, and enable investors to […] Read More

21 February, 2012

Bogle Boggles and Balks re: ETFs

In the category of  “He who speaks with forked tongue…” Index Icon and Vanguard Group founder John Bogle once again threw a curve ball while speaking at today’s Bloomberg Portfolio Manager Mash-Up. Stating “ETFs are the greatest trading innovation of the 21st century,” what the Midas of Mutual Funds added with a big (*) was […] Read More

16 February, 2012

iShares Adds More Junk (Bond) ETFs

For those raising their hands high and asking for more high yield bond ETFs, iShares is serving up two more corporate bond ETFs that “will cover a spectrum of credit quality ranging from low-investment-grade to junk bonds.” Both of the new funds will own corporates issued in US dollars, euros, British pounds and Canadian dollars. […] Read More

16 February, 2012